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Court Hands over Police Lawyer to EFCC.



Court Hands over Police Lawyer to EFCC.

Justice James Omotosho of the federal high court Abuja has handed a police lawyer, Ibrahim Mohammed, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for filing an alleged criminal charge against Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah.

The police lawyer is to be investigated for filing the 8-count criminal charges against the former Minister of Aviation in the name of EFCC without the authority of the anti-graft agency.

Although the lawyer who left the EFCC in November 2022 admitted errors in filing the controversial charges in error with the name of the anti-graft agency, the Judge nonetheless ordered that the genuineness of his errors must be established through investigation.

Justice Omotosho had queried the police lawyer on whether the anti-graft agency was in the know of the charges since it was being prosecuted by the Police.

Senator Oduah was expected to be arraigned before the court on an eight-count charge of alleged complicity surrounding her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate and fraudulent receiving money from the Federal Government.

However, when the matter was called, Stella Oduah was not in court, and the Judge sought to know why she was absent.

Responding, Mohammed, who introduced himself as a lawyer with the Police Legal Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, told the court that the defendant was not in court because she was not served with the charge.

According to him, Senator Oduah had told them she was not feeling well when invited to come for the charge.

Reacting, the court queried why the charge came in the name of EFCC when the prosecutor was from the Police.

The police lawyer, who suddenly became incoherent in answering questions from the Judge, admitted that he left EFCC in November 2022 at the Benin office for the Force Headquarters on redeployment back to the Police.

He also admitted filing the charges on June 22 this year in the name of EFCC, seven months later, but it was done in error.


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Justice Omotoso, who was not pleased with the claim of the error, ordered his Registrar to bring the head of the police unit at the Federal High Court into the courtroom.

The Judge then ordered the police personnel to lead the police lawyer to the EFCC headquarters and hand him over to EFCC operatives for investigation on the genuineness of the criminal charges.

Further hearing in the matter was shifted to July 18, when the anti-graft agency must have completed its investigation and reported to the court.


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